On January 3 2023, the Space Edge One computer (SE-1) developed by Australian startup, Spiral Blue, launched as a hosted payload aboard a Satellogic NewSat spacecraft on the Transporter-6 Rideshare mission, which departed on aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Cape Canaveral, Florida at 9:56am ET.
Developed through Satellogic’s Hosted Payload Program, this joint mission will complete Spiral Blue’s flight testing program for its latest generation Space Edge Computing technology. The SE-1 computer will interface with the satellite’s high-resolution imaging system, allowing Spiral Blue to begin testing key onboard image processing applications, such as cloud detection, ship detection, cropping, and compression.
The latest Space Edge Computer utilises the NVIDIA Xavier NX chip, and possesses far
greater onboard processing power, storage, thermal control, faster interfacing, and other
improvements than its predecessor, Space Edge Zero. The goal is to integrate these capabilities with Spiral Blue’s Space Edge Services platform, Cobalt, enabling customers to task the satellite to capture images and carry out onboard processing depending on their needs.
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